Grammy Award, 3x Latin Grammy Award and TEC Award winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan works at Gateway Mastering & DVD in Portland, Maine. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell's Sound Recording Technology program, Ayan began his career at Gateway Mastering in 1998, and in August 2001 his mastering studio at Gateway was opened for business. Adam's diverse list of mastering credits includes projects for such artists as Madonna, the Foo Fighters, Sarah McLachlan, Buckcherry, Pearl Jam, Keith Urban, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Incubus to name a few. Adam has mastered several Grammy Award winning recordings (in double digits!) and has over 70 Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum projects to his credit to date..
Adam won his first Grammy Award in 2006 for his mastering work on the Jelly Roll Morton boxset - "The Complete Library of Congress Recordings By Alan Lomax”. In 2007, Adam won 2 Latin Grammy Awards for his mastering work on the Juan Luis Guerra album “La Llave De Mi Corazon”. In 2009 Adam won his first TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Award in the category of "Surround Sound Recording" for his 5.1 surround mastering work on the Foo Fighters DVD/Blu-Ray release, "Live at Wembley Stadium".
Known in the community as a supporter and activist for the Portland music scene, Adam founded the Portland Music Foundation in 2006. The PMF is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to help support, organize, connect and nurture Portland's thriving music community. Adam served as the PMF's de-facto leader and Board President for it's first 2 and a hlaf years of existence, and now serves as an active member of the PMF's Board of Directors.